Environmental Education Fellow

Organization:

Catamount Institute

Location:

Colorado Springs, CO

Deadline:

Contact:

Mac Steck

Responsibilities:

  • Co-lead a comprehensive, age appropriate camp experience for children between the ages of 6 -15 at camps ranging from half-day to week long residential experiences
  • Prepare for and teach activities and lessons as assigned, including lesson review, learning background information, and supply acquisition
  • Generate original lesson plans to teach several times over the summer
  • Know, follow, and enforce all safety guidelines associated with camp and all program areas. This includes but is not limited to being responsible for campers safety and knowing their whereabouts at all times
  • Identify and respond to campers behavioral issues or emotional needs. Notify camp director of concerns
  • Planning and attending staff meetings, planning sessions, and trainings
  • Have flexibility in response to current and emergency situations and to shifts in camp responsibilities
  • Mentor Summer Guide Interns and Volunteers
  • Transport students as needed in CI supplied vehicles (15 passenger vans), must be eligible to be covered by CI driving insurance, clean driving record required.
  • Responsibility for occasional shared cooking and cleaning duties for some camp overnights and student supervision at meals (on a rotating basis)
  • Write a portion of Catamount Institute’s end of summer wrap-up report
  • Support staff and organization activities as needed

Qualifications:

  • College junior, senior, or bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Experience working with youth in the outdoors in a volunteer, staff, or professional capacity
  • Must be comfortable living and working in the outdoors including tent camping and hiking over rugged terrain
  • Preference given to applicants with advanced outdoor skills like backpacking, rock-climbing, map and compass navigation or similar abilities
  • Special skills (music, singing, storytelling, group dynamics, and games) helpful
  • Willing to ask questions and learn new things
  • Energetic, dedicated, & able to become involved in all aspects of the program
  • Science, History, or Recreation background helpful but NOT required
  • Current first aid and CPR certifications are required, preference given to candidates with higher certifications: WFA, WFR, Wilderness EMT, etc…
  • Insurable to drive our 15 passenger van, clean driving record required
  • Self-starter, ability to take initiative and without direct supervision, sometimes during stressful situations

What to expect:

  • Settings ranging from urban park to deep wilderness
  • Work, play, and sometimes live with students ages 6-15
  • Work-weeks at camp run Monday-Friday
  • Camps range from half-day programs in town to residential, overnight camps in wilderness cabins, backpacking, and tent camp outs
  • Mandatory staff training begins after Memorial Day and runs Tuesday-Friday with a Thursday overnight.
  • Camps typically end by the second week of August each summer as schools start up again

Benefits:

  • Build your resume through leadership, teaching, and science skills.
  • Summer Pay - $4,800
  • Catamount Institute Staff Gear
  • Meals, Lodging, Rafting, and more during overnight camps (housing is not provided for the full summer)